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Open mike 29/03/2014

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  1. veutoviper 1

    A positive, inspirational report to start the day, surprisingly the lead story on Stuff at the moment at least.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9881861/Driven-by-fight-for-justice

    And best wishes to all of those able to make it to the various demonstrations happening throughout the country today.

    EDIT – Snap with North at 2!

  2. miravox 3

    US human rights high ground under pressure

    The UN has delivered a withering verdict on the US’s human rights record, raising concerns on a series of issues including torture, drone strikes, the failure to close Guantánamo Bay and the NSA’s bulk collection of personal data…

    …The committee also expressed alarm about the continued use of the death penalty in a 16 states, the “still high number” number of fatal shootings by certain police forces, notably in Chicago and the high proportion of black people in the country’s jails.

    • ianmac 3.1

      And the gall of the USA to condemn the Russian invasion of Crimea without loss of life after USA invaded Iraq with the loss of 100 X thousands of innocent life. The cheek of it!

      • Poission 3.1.1

        Turkey initiates Youtube ban to constrain inconvenient evidence.

        http://rt.com/news/turkey-syria-phone-leak-861/

        Turkey a NATO member seems to be implicated in a Wag the dog experiment.

      • Populuxe1 3.1.2

        If you actually bothered to connect to the real world, the Ukrainian death toll is currently at 75 and will no doubt be vast if Russia and Ukraine go to war. I see no value in jumping around and pointing fingers at the sins of the US when a possibly even worse bloodbath is about to occur

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.2.1

          Yes, what’s a little torture between virtue ethicists. They’re our friends! They only torture bad guys, except for when they get the wrong guy, but you can hardly blame them for making a mistake! Everyone makes mistakes.

    • Ian 3.2

      well don’t do the crime…geezzz

  3. CC 4

    Today’s sick offering in Stuff illustrates why Duncan Garner’s work needs to be digested with a clothes-pegged nose. Today he starts with a story of a glazier who couldn’t obtain a building apprenticeship, while Fletcher Construction and fellow travelers are importing workers for the Christchurch rebuild. He then blows on the old dog-whistle, implying that the young unemployed are feckless dole bludgerswho should to be forced to work on the Christchurch building sites. Since Fletchers and others are the recipients of massive corporate welfare, they should be forced to provide employment and trade training opportunities for our youth. Instead, they are maximising on the unique profit-making situation the Government has gifted them by bringing in overseas navvies.

    Seemingly, Garner’s brain cells are more idle than the hordes of lazy dole bludgers that exist more in his imagination than reality.

  4. veutoviper 5

    As PG seems to be here on TS a lot lately, I thought I would check out Politicheck’s website and their Twitter account to see what was happening.

    There seems to be nothing new on the website since the announcement of staff appointments on March 10. Likewise, the latest entry on their twitter account was on March 15.

    Dead in the water?

    Waiting, waiting – 1,2,3,……

  5. andy (the other one) 6

    Two days, two articles, two different media outlets admitting that they know National use Slater/Farrar to smear and dissemble.

    Both media outlets admit they are still happy to run those lines without attribution to who actually provides the source material.

    Drinnan in The Herald & Watkin’s at Fairfax.

    All these examples of dirty tricks, whisper campaigns and character assassination go by without comment. Our media are captured, lazy and unable to function properly.

    Can’t forget the new front in the Nats media machine Gossip.

    • karol 6.1

      Good comment, – worth putting in a quick post, if you don’t mind, andy?

      • phillip ure 6.1.1

        something ‘funny’ has also happened to john armstrong over the last couple of days..

        ..after earlier in the week penning one of the few intelligent/considered looks at the possible benefits for both mana party and internet party from forming an alliance-lite umbrella party to fight the election..

        ..today he is right/write on message – with the official-line..

        ..and has done a piece that totally pisses all over/rips up what he wrote 48hrs earlier…

        ..and is basically a vomit all over dotcom and all he stands for..

        ..and he laughs hysterically at any possibility of any electoral-success..

        ..on so many levels/ways..w.t.f. happened..?

        ..and which john armstrong should we give any credence to..?

        ..if any..?

        • bad12 6.1.1.1

          Barking mad the lot of them, the dogs of National’s disinformation service, Armstrong, Trevett, O’Sullivan showing spasms of the fear that they echo on behalf of the 9th floor of the Beehive,

          Does Armstrong have info from someone that us mere peasants are not privy to, in this morning’s grand gush of vitriol He does not mince words about the chances of DotCom being extradited,

          ”When he is extradited” is Armstrong’s ‘line’ pointing the finger at the Judiciary as having already decided the fate of DotCom,

          What causes Armstrong to be so certain about the outcome, has He had word, along with the order to bark long and loud in an attempt to disparage DotCom that ‘the system’ has agreed to close ranks to rid the country of this interloper onto the political playing field???,

          To pen such words as ”when He is extradited” with regards to DotCom implies certainty of knowledge from Armstrong, within such an admission is one of broader concern which suggests, far from the common belief, that the Judiciary is as tainted by the same open bias that appears to be the driving force behind the scribblings of Armstrong and the other dogs of the National Party disinformation service…

          • The Al1en 6.1.1.1.1

            ”when He is extradited”

            Can’t see that bit in Armstrong’s article.

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11228272

            Armstrong does makes some valid points. Particularly relevant are those about would be voters for the ip not really being the mana demographic, friend of the poor/left which is quite unbelievable given his past form, which does make many think ‘wool over eyes’, and of course the whole paragraph about the real motive behind the party launch – To keep .com from being extradited.

            • bad12 6.1.1.1.1.1

              The Alien, reading your comment i just about had a little ‘barking fit’ of my own, ”When He is extradited” is definitely what i read this morning,

              Just about makes me want to go out and find the print edition of the Herald(National Party disinformation service),

              Could John have been awoken from His slumbers at his computer terminal by the editorial staff telling Him to edit that piece because they have read the inference that i make about the words ”when He is extradited”,

              While i cannot ‘swear’ that what i read this morning was what i read my opinion is the piece has suffered a speedy ‘edit’, to subtly change the blunt statement ”when He is extradited” to something a little more elongated but in essence saying exactly the same thing, Paragraph Six says this:

              –”And that it will not fold the moment He and the Party’s main source of income move offshore through being extradited to the United States” unquote John Armstrong

              There is no IF evident there,so it is still an event that Armstrong ‘sees’ as a given although as exhibited by the part of Paragraph Six i reproduce above there is an obvious softening from the blunt ”when he is extradited’ that i read this morning…

              • The Al1en

                I don’t doubt what you read as on-line content is subject to change, just saying I didn’t see it in the article I linked to, speaking of which, I prefer this quote.

                “Dotcom’s purpose in setting up the Internet Party is solely to make it a bottom-line of any post-election talks that whoever is Minister of Justice quash any court ruling which would force his extradition. Such a bottom-line would be preposterous and would amount to Dotcom’s party being the sickest joke played on New Zealand voters.”

                • bad12

                  i think Armstrong has something wrong with His memory, ”National will not be raising GST” widely broadcast as coming out of the mouth of Slippery the Prime Minister in 2008 prior to the election was a far sicker joke than a slight corruption of the system that Armstrong points to when that system already corrupted itself by allowing DotCom and any number of other’s who could be said to have characters far from unblemished into the country based upon their having ‘money’…

                  • The Al1en

                    The nats letting weirdo colin and who ever is leading act at the moment in to parliament rivals the .com party as far as sick jokes go, but sadly, that’s what politics seems has come to in it’s race to the bottom.

                • MrSmith

                  I’m well aware your not fond of Kim Allen, but a question?

                  Do you think what Kim allegedly does is a criminal matter or a civil matter.

                  Because all I see is a civil matter.

                  If the Hollywood studios can’t sort this civil matter out without having to call in our very own ‘Keystone cops’ The New Zealand Police force, that by the way was seemingly handed over to them by a subservient Government then Hollywood have real problems.

                  And to take this a bit farther and I’m just day dreaming a bit now, but you really have to wonder if Key in one of his big headed moments, with a nose full of coke said, “leave it to me boys I can save you a fortune in Lawyers fees, I’ll just have the GCSB and the NZ Police sort it out.”

                  • The Al1en

                    Not being a lawyer I wouldn’t have a clue, it’ll be a guess at best.

                    For the copyright infringements I’ll plump for criminal, citing Napster as a precedent, and the money laundering, if true, likewise.

                    • MrSmith

                      I’m no Lawyer either but I have a lot of faith in the system that we have and basically it works like this, when something new comes to light, it will be tested in law at some stage, I think this is a good system, sure there will be some winners and losers initially at times and some people will make a fortune if forward thinking, but lets take a breath and look at the alternative, which is every new idea has to be tested in law before we have any idea what will happen when it’s used in the real world, which is basically impossible, the genie is out of the bottle.

                      So basically Napster was a president in Law and since then the music industry has used that to protect and fight for their intellectual/property rights and the same applies here, yet in this case they tried to go down the criminal path from the beginning, when it really was only a civil matter, sure the US have thrown in money laundering and racketeering with the copyright infringement but really it’s about copyright infringement first and the rest is up to the tax department, lets not forget copyright infringement goes on every day in just about every house in this country.

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A&M_Records,_Inc._v._Napster,_Inc.

                      This was nothing more than New Zealand bending over and taking one in the Ass for Uncle Sams Hollywood executives.

              • PapaMike

                As I understand it the presiding judge looks at the information presented for the extradition hearing by both parties, and makes a decision based solely on that information to make a decision, which is whether there is a case to answer, or not.
                And that is all.
                There is no jury or anything else – this is in accordance with the Extradition Act.

                • lprent

                  No you are quite wrong. Most of the decision is made by the judge and much of it is about the applicability of the extradition application to laws in NZ. Since the laws he is charged under in the US aren’t appliciable here, I would say it is a travesty.

                  Rather than being a lazy papa, raise your standard and read the MFAT summary. It will make you look less of a stupid limp dick…

      • andy (the other one) 6.1.2

        @Karol: Help yourself, I am not a writer so please feel free to expand. I am quite dejected about the poor state of our political media.

    • geoff 6.2

      The Standard is suggested to be the leftwing counterpart to Whaleoil in the Watkins piece. Ugh.

      The thing about Whaleoil is that it takes the heat off of David Farrar/KiwiBlog/Curia who I think is more destructive than Cameron Slater.

  6. this is a really well-written piece of longform-journalism..

    ..it us a total delight..actually..(lyn of tawa prounciay-tion of ‘is’..)

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/28/dave-eggers-starship-mohegan-sun-casino-connecticut

    cool guy goes to mock – a 70’s revival-band..and stays to praise…

  7. cricklewood 8

    Checked out the internet party app last this morning. The list of permissions is a bit different to most.
    Allow to send messages, record audio, take pictures stand out. Seems unnecessary but I don’t really know how these things work all my other apps dont allow these.
    Can anyone offer a more qualified opinion?

  8. geoff 9

    What’s going on here?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9877103/Taxpayers-Union-slags-Americas-Cup-spend

    ‘Taxpayers’ union (David Farrar + Jordan Williams) having a go at Steven Joyce.

    Odd.

    Explanation?

    • they support collins against joyce in the national party succession-battle..

      ..they see him as ‘wet’ vs collins’ ‘dry’..

      ..and this pushes that ‘wet’-meme..

      ..and is a dogwhistle to the party members/party-base..

      ..that could well be a component of that ‘explanation’..

    • Stephanie Rodgers 9.2

      They’re attacking a fairly frivolous, comparatively-small amount of spending. It allows them to say ‘look, we attack National government spending too!’ and thus ‘prove’ that they’re independent and unbiased. This comes in handy when they’re later asked why they never criticise the huge wastefulness of the costs of flogging our assets, or the massive amount spent by Treasury on consultants, etc.

    • srylands 9.3

      There is nothing odd about it at all. I would not be providing financial support to the Taxpayers Union if it was partisan. It is not aligned with any political party:

      “The Taxpayers’ Union is 100 per cent politically independent. We are not affiliated with any political party and will never become a political party. ”

      http://taxpayers.org.nz/pages/q-a

      Its objective is to promote fiscal responsibility. Indirectly it also promotes policies that protect the poor. It is the poor who get screwed by poor government.

      So – I am surprised that you are surprised.

      • bad12 9.3.1

        SSLands you wouldn’t be providing financial support to the Taxpayer’s Union if you were not a certifiable idiot of the worst kind…

      • phillip ure 9.3.2

        membership/donating-member numbers..?

        ..and who are the selected wealthy rightwingers who are paying for this..?

        ..funding what is essentially a rightwing attack-machine..?

        ..like i believe the bullshit williams spouts..

      • geoff 9.3.3

        It is the poor who get screwed by poor government.

        Good to know you think National are a poor government.
        Let’s work together to get rid of them!

  9. Morrissey 10

    Any movie makers out there?
    (Serious ones, that is: not that bearded fat creep in Wellington)

    Plot idea: 97 per cent of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1395825903.html

    • North 10.1

      Morrissey………you’re too much. First good belly laugh of the day for me !

      Moving on to other matters. Russel Norman on The Nation with Potty G.

      “Have you ever smoked a joint ?” “Yes”.

      That’s it. A simple, no bullshit “Yes”.

      No no no hang on……..it was Gower doing the asking.

      Watching it the words “Have you……you prick ?” immediately sprang to my mind. Not Russel Norman though. Perfectly done. More impressive every day that man.

      My answer – “Nah……Morrissey, legally as yet, gives me all the giggles I need”.

      • phillip ure 10.1.1

        did you not think it more of note that he said that ending pot-prohibition would not be on their/his list of priorities..?

        ..and doesn’t that so much more bring into focus tureis’ criminal inaction on that medical marijuana bill..?

        ..eh..?..

        ..and take note of this..

        ..should the internet party..

        ..(on personal-freedom/evidence-based/harm-reduction grounds..what they claim are the rationales underpinning all their policies..so..?..)

        ..should they come out with a sane/rational legalise/regulate/tax cannabis policy..

        ..they will hoover up many votes..

        ..and not a few of those votes will be lost to the greens..

        ..’cos that was their mandate..and they have not delivered to those who first got them into parliament..(their ingratitude has been epic..)..

        ..and norman now confirming that no..they won’t be doing anything about prohibition..

        ..that leaves a huge vacuum/opportunity..

        ..one that i am sure dotcom and his advisers/policy-makers will also see..

        ..and..they would be mad not to really..

        ..and it wd hardly be radical for the internet party to go hard on pot..

        ..as this link shows..just a day or so ago..the southern state in america deemed to be the most conservative state in america…

        ..unanimously passed what they are calling ‘cathys’ law’..authorising serious funding for research into the seizure-prevention qualities in cannabis..

        ..we are told both sides of the house chanted in unison:..’pass the law..!..pass the law..!’

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/conservative-south-states-ready-to-break-the-marijuana-taboo_n_5006454.html

        ..and this in the most conservative state in america..

        ..and meanwhile here in nz…?

        ..our green party hasn’t even got in anywhere on their to-do list..

        ..what is wrong with that picture..?

        ..it may be time for mr dotcom to step up to the bowl..

        ..and won’t a sane/rational pot-policy get that disenchanted youth motivated enough to go and vote..?

        ..eh..?

        ..it also puzzles me that the green party seems unable to see/understand this political-fact..

        ..i guess they are blinded by those bmw-badges..

        ..by their personal ambitions..

        ..how can this not be the case..

        ..and tho’ that rightwing green twerp who was interviewed..

        ..is/was wrong on so many levels..

        ..(especially in his craven self-serving during his time as candidate in epsom..)

        ..one thing he said cannot be contradicted..

        ..that is the insane pattern of the green party studiously ignoring where one third of the voters lie..

        ..from fitzsimons’ always just turning right at the airport exit..

        ..and driving to the coromandal..and was never seen in auckland..

        ..to former aucklanders norman and turei now in wellington and dunedin respectively..

        ..auckland is still clearly suffering from that benign neglect..

        ..one of them should be based in auckland..

        ..and part of their job being seen..

        ..at all ak has to offer each and every weekend..

        ..and their neglect is mirrored in their support here in ak..

        ..where their cote is much lower than in the rest of the country..

        ..the green party..putting the ‘belt’ in beltway..

        ..eh..?

  10. Good response from Hone and Mana

    “When so-called iwi leaders condemn teachers for daring to highlight the massive failings of the New Zealand education system for Maori children in case the Minister of Education might be embarrassed, then they show themselves up as a sad and pathetic group for whom the warm embrace of government has become more important than the needs of their own children and grandchildren.”

    …“I am gutted that people who purport to represent Maori people could be so bloody selfish and blind, and I urge them to face up to the realities and demand concrete action to eliminate child poverty in this land of enormous wealth.”

    http://mana.net.nz/2014/03/no-prestige-in-trying-to-hide-poverty/

    Worth reading the whole press release imo

    • ianmac 11.1

      Good on yer Hone.

    • bad12 11.2

      Way to call it Hone, ‘the Iwi Leaders’ look way out of line barking their objections to legitimate protest,

      i suppose having the likes of Parata and Slippery the Prime Minister paying to fly them here and there along with the tongue bath of the major ‘Slurps’ dished out their way for the ongoing support of the current regime must make them feel ‘big’,

      Its sad to see ‘the leaders’ take the side of the Government while ignoring the plight of the worst off of their people, but,it’s happened befor and i dare say will happen again…

  11. Pasupial 12

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a happy ending, more a barely adequate resolution:

    The Dunedin City Council has paid $3900 for the leg irons Mayor Dave Cull pulled from an auction after an investigation he instigated confirmed they could have been used to restrain Maori political prisoners almost 150 years ago… Mr Cull said although the shackles were already Dunedin City Council property, it was easier to buy them from Mr McCormack than start legal proceedings… The North Island descendants and Otakou runanga would be consulted on the future of the shackles. ”They are still ours and we get the final call, but out of respect since it was their tupuna shackled up in the damn things, we will ask them what they would like to see happen to them.”

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/297047/shackle-buy-better-court-cull

    Still no answers as to what happened to the other shackles that were there when these were stolen. Plus, with this precedent; it now seems to be open season on any historical artifact in Dunedin that can be swiped with 3 hacksaw blades or less.

    • Populuxe1 12.1

      They would appear to have rusted away. The obvious deteriation was the reason McCormack nicked them in the first place. Those caves should be made into a museum of this shameful and neglected episode of NZ history.

      • Pasupial 12.1.1

        I’m not convinced by the “rusted away” story – though do recall it from the initial auction article. I strongly suspect the remnants of those shackles are in private hands (perhaps those that looted them, or maybe not even still in the country). Toitu (the Otago settlers museum) was supposed to be in charge of the artifact investigation. Perhaps their examination of the historical site will yield further information?

        Reading between the lines, I’d say it was likely to be McCormack’s “late brother” who wanted to hold onto the things. It certainly seems likely that they were shown to others in the 40-odd years since since they were taken (and reconnected with a few links of train chain). But i doubt that an altruistic urge to arrest the artifact’s deterioration was the reason for them sawing their way into a locked cave.

        • Populuxe1 12.1.1.1

          I am only citing the answers they gave to the media, I do not claim to be able to do Vulcan mind melds.

  12. russel norman is currently doing serious damage to the green vote/support..

    ..on the nation..

    ..they will support deep-sea drilling..

    ..changing cannabis laws is not a priority..

    ..they will suppport fracking..

    ..they will vote to support a tpp-deal..

    ..what..the..fuck..???..!!!!

    ..they will be a total sellout..to everything that matters to those whose shoulders they stand on

    ..and all just for fucken ministerial roles…

    ..fucken hell..!

    ..eh..?

    ..why the fuck would anyone vote for them..?

    • marty mars 13.1

      Re the TPPA – how does what you have written above reconcile with this

      • phillip ure 13.1.1

        it totally contradicts it marty…

        ..and i guess i wd lean to the words out of normans’ mouth under questioning..

        ..that i just heard..

        ..that he may well vote for the tpp..

        ..than a promo-poster..

        ..which wd you believe..?

        • The Al1en 13.1.1.1

          “..they will vote to support a tpp-deal..”

          “..that he may well vote for the tpp..”

          “..that i just heard..”

          “..which wd you believe..?”

        • marty mars 13.1.1.2

          Phil – you are on a roll although I wish you weren’t 🙂

          The Greens could be part of a government that signs up to the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, co-leader Russel Norman has conceded.

          His comments on TV3’s The Nation this morning come ahead of nationwide marches against the TPP which are due to take place this afternoon.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11228752

          • weka 13.1.1.2.1

            Just watched the interview and this is closer to what Norman actually said “The TPP would have to change “very significantly” before the Greens would vote in favour of it.”

            Of course the GP could be part of a govt that does things that the GP disagrees with. How else can coalitions be formed?

            I’m not clear re the TPP, whether a house-wide vote is required, or whether they mean a decision within caucus. Does anyone know?

            Any good reason why the GP in govt can’t abstain on votes or vote against legislation act by act?

            • phillip ure 13.1.1.2.1.1

              weka..

              ..and yr spin on the vote for fracking/deep-sea-drilling/no decrim of cannabis..?

              ..would love to see/hear how you will package that doozy-trio..

              • and seriously..!..one persons’ ‘significant-change’..

                ..is anothers’ s.f.a..

                “..Any good reason why the GP in govt can’t abstain on votes or vote against legislation act by act?..”

                ..no weka..they can’t..it’s called collective cabinet responsibilty..

                ..if they slide their arses into those bmw’s..

                ..they will have to vote for whatever piece of shit labour may throw up..

                ..and they can’t even speak out against it..

                ..how’s them berries..?

          • Murray Olsen 13.1.1.2.2

            Metiria Turei has posted this on Facebook:
            “Metiria Turei
            Don’t listen to Paddy Gower, he twists everything to what he wants to say not what is real. The Green Party opposes the TPPA. If we are in a govt with Labour it will be bec we have influence and we will use that influence over the TPPA as well as lots of other policies. We will have more influence if we have more votes so we need your Party Vote on September 20 to strengthen our arm in the negotiations. You have the power to influence the outcome on the TPPA and deep sea oil drilling. For the sake of our people and oceans, please use that power on September 20.”

            Given that we’ve all seen what wee Paddy can do, I believe her.

            • phillip ure 13.1.1.2.2.1

              i want to see her deny/promise the greens wd vote for the tpp..

              ..anything less is nothing…

              ..and just confirms that they wd..

              ..and how about the deep-sea-drilling/fracking/fuck pot-reform..?

              • Murray Olsen

                In that case you should get in touch and ask her. As unbelievable as most of us would find it, your posts and your blog may not be the first items on her list of “must reads” each day.

                • it’s not about me muzza..

                  ..it’s about the green party..

                  ..eh..?

                  ..and i’m sure i wouldn’t be the only one seeking that (elusive) assurance..

                  ..you really have to pin lawyers down..

                  ..i find..

                  • Murray Olsen

                    Nah, with you, it’s always about you. You crave attention so much you have a Pete George like ability to settle for abuse and contempt. It’s about you so much that you expect that people will pay to read your blog. You have one of the largest and most undeserved egos I’ve ever come across. You misunderstand almost everything you read, then call others liars. Oh, it’s about you alright. You have a total inability to let it be about anything else.

    • geoff 13.2

      http://www.3news.co.nz/Norman-sets-sights-on-deputy-PM-role/tabid/1348/articleID/337889/Default.aspx

      I just watched the vid.

      Basically, Norman said the Greens would be pragmatic in any post-election deals as they have been in every case in the past (excluding GMO). Meanwhile Gower was trying his damndest to put words in Russel’s mouth.

      What did you expect Russel to say, Phil?
      “I’m not going to compromise on anything!”???

      Can’t wait for the spun version of the interview from Gower on TV3 tonight.

      • newsense 13.2.1

        As Norman says:

        “Well, no, Paddy- you can paraphrase it like that, but..”

      • phillip ure 13.2.2

        “..What did you expect Russel to say, Phil?
        “I’m not going to compromise on anything!”???

        ..maybe not..

        ‘i’m going to compromise on everything’

        ..eh.?

        ..i mean..why would you bother voting for them..

        ..if they are just fucken labour-lite..?

        • geoff 13.2.2.1

          Did he say he was going to compromise on everything?

          No he did not.

          He was realistic that whatever they could achieve would be dependent on their party vote. At one point I think he actually implored the viewer to vote Green so they would have more bargaining power post-election.

          He wasn’t going to be drawn into a crystal-ball session just because Gower wanted him to say something he could hang him on.

          • George 13.2.2.1.1

            “Greens opposition to TPP remains. Our ability to deliver on this position, and others, in any post election negotiations depends on our vote”

            Doorknocking for the party of David Cunliffe and Phil Goff won’t guarantee opposition to the TPP.

            • geoff 13.2.2.1.1.1

              I hope that Labour changes their position on TPP. I’m hoping that their position is really just Goff’s position and that Labour will change that in the near future.

              They look foolish and untrustworthy to bang on about neoliberalism and then still support TPP.

          • phillip ure 13.2.2.1.2

            @ geoff..

            “..Did he say he was going to compromise on everything?

            No he did not…”

            ..yes he did..

            ‘we have no bottom-lines..’

            ..w.t.f does that mean..if not that..?

            • geoff 13.2.2.1.2.1

              Tell me what minute in the video he utters the words “I’m going to compromise on everything”

        • North 13.2.2.2

          Yeah OK Phil – welcome to ShonKey Python, then the Milky Bar Crud, then the poncey wee Simon Bridges, then some entitled little Young Nationals git who right now is still at Kings College – as our prime ministers from here until 20 years hence.

          You’re reminding me of the virgin who while aching to get into it absolutely won’t get into it for fear that it won’t be perfect straight off and it might be messy. And fuck’n moaning about the lack of it. Lighten up for fuck’s sake.

          Russel Norman/Metiria Turei/all the Greens are light years more real and gifted than ShonKey Python and his band of venal, mainchance sociopaths. They’ve been the only real opposition to the sociopaths for at least the past three years Phil ! Give them a little bit of credit man. Instead of being insufferably impeccable all the time. Grizzling old virgin you.

          I’m not a Greenie either. Renewed my MANA Movement membership just the other day. Shit it felt good !

      • Jim Nald 13.2.3

        Meteria in Auckland for the TPPA demo today.

        Can folks on The Standard pool information about which of our Member of Parliaments were speaking or standing with the people at the 16 locations this afternoon?

        Quite obviously, Natz puppets would be safely tucked away in their corporate cupboards.

        Greens have been very visible all round the country, I understand.

        Were any Labour MPs or candidates out and about, and where?

        • phillip ure 13.2.3.1

          cunnliffe was booed in ak..(over his weaseling around tpp….)

          ..he was the only labour person i saw..

          ..and a clutch of greens..were present….

          (i saw roche/turei/graham..

          ..i actually complimented graham on the death-stare he employs/deploys in parliament..)

          • Jim Nald 13.2.3.1.1

            Cheers, phillip ure.

            And, thanks to Poission for pointing out the press release from NZF which is clear and says:

            “New Zealand First MPs will take part in the national day of action against the TPP.”

            Can someone explain Labour’s penultimate paragraph with the specific reference to two weeks: https://www.labour.org.nz/tppa ?

            • Olwyn 13.2.3.1.1.1

              I would like to see that explained too. I hope it is a typo – if it is not it is an insult to our intelligence.

        • lprent 13.2.3.2

          Was hard to see in Auckland
          David Cunliffe (Labour).
          Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZ First)

  13. I don’t have to spin anything, especially you making contradictory statements in the space of two posts, that’s plain to see by all.

    I’ll wear your pedant medal like I wear the chuckle at your disingenuous perception.

    For the record, I’m watching the replay of the nation and Norman explicitly said he was against deep sea drilling… That’s strike one.

    On the tpp about whether the Green party could vote for the tpp he said, “it could potentially, but it depends” [on the size of the green vote and what the tpp contains]. Strike two

    • he says he will vote for them..

      ..take the cloth out of yr ears..

      ..you can’t polish a turd..

      ..no matter how hard you try..

      • bad12 14.1.1

        Are you doing that ‘puppy thing’ again Phillip, must have a look at the Nation replay tomorrow to see if what you seen is what you seen…

      • The Al1en 14.1.2

        I can only repeat what I’ve just seen and heard, but it does differ from what you’ve stated, well the first time any way. The second time, when you said “he may well vote for the tpp” you got it correct.

        Most rational folk will agree that Norman’s main thrust was the more votes the Green party gets, the stronger it’s negotiating position, and thus more party policy makes it to the statute book.
        I’m happy to disagree, but certain those more qualified and invested in Green politics than I, can explain it to you.

    • Pasupial 14.2

      I don’t have TV reception, and can’t see any online clips yet on the TV3 site of Norman’s Nation interview. However, I am more inclined to regard The Allen’s summary as the accurate one. I guess I’ll have to wait until after tomorrow to know for sure.

      It does seem contradictory for the Green Party to both support today’s anti-TPPA rally, but on the same day have their co-leader state that he’ll vote for it.

      • phillip ure 14.2.1

        “..It does seem contradictory for the Green Party to both support today’s anti-TPPA rally, but on the same day have their co-leader state that he’ll vote for it…”

        doesn’t it..?

        ..you could call this the exposing the inherent contradictions interview for norman..

        ..and i guess..like allen..you will see/read/believe what you want to see/read/believe..

        ..but i don’t think i will be the only one making that call on normans’ revelations..

        ..if i were an old skool green party supporter..

        ..i wd be feeling a bit gutted by this..

        ..and as i am..i am..

        ..what the fuck have they done to ‘my’ party..?

        • The Al1en 14.2.1.1

          ” i guess..like allen..you will see/read/believe what you want to see/read/believe”

          That’s The Al1en to you, and a little irony lol for fun 😆

          Have a nice day Mr Ure.

          • marty mars 14.2.1.1.1

            Isn’t that the same as rerecording your songs without the electronic voice?

            woops should be for the comment below – sorry

            • The Al1en 14.2.1.1.1.1

              I don’t see how, the caveat on my music page clearly states I can’t sing or play, and I do advise the listener have cotton buds and bleach close to hand, just in case they need to rinse their ears.

              Likewise I’m sure the Greens aren’t trying to con anyone out of a vote by becoming seriously electable and using the tools at their disposal to put forward their message. It’s not a sin or crime or double standard, just like Dylan using an electric guitar wasn’t a sell out or a bad thing.
              But the Greens are doing well as a 15% party vote shows. They can sing there own tunes, with or without electronic aid, I don’t mind 😉

        • The Al1en 14.2.1.2

          “If I were an old school green party supporter I would be feeling a bit gutted by this, and as I am, I am. What the fuck have they done to ‘my’ party?”

          The edit is mine, as a little Saturday gift 😉

          To answer, I think what they have done is make the party much more electable to a wider section of the electorate.
          It’s still my intention to give them my party vote in September, and I’ve seen or heard nothing from them that has caused me to contemplate changing my mind. The party looks to be in good shape, based on sound principles, headed by professional, dedicated mps.
          Who could want more from a left of centre party than an electable, credible partner in government shaping the direction of a still ‘wonky’ Labour party?

      • marty mars 14.2.2

        sounds like John Minto spoke well about Mana and the kaupapa on TV – will try and catch it online tomorrow.

        • phillip ure 14.2.2.1

          minto kicked arse..

          ..and manas’ mana is rising moment by moment..

          ..it is fast becoming clear that they are the only party for serious change..

          ..the greens have become just another same-old same-old party..

          ..maybe they should go for a colour/name change..

          ..how about the beige-party..?

          • phillip ure 14.2.2.1.1

            tve has a basic language/comprehension-fail..

            ..they are interpreting minto saying ‘there is no deal on the table’..

            ..as minto saying no-deal outright..

            ..whereas minto actually listed what is ok about i.p policies..

            ..and that mana is waiting to see the social-policies..

            ..’deal on the table’..means deal ready to be signed..

            ..how can they be such fucken morons..?

      • weka 14.2.3

        “It does seem contradictory for the Green Party to both support today’s anti-TPPA rally, but on the same day have their co-leader state that he’ll vote for it.”

        It would indeed if Norman had said that, but he didn’t. What he said was that the agreement would have to change hugely for the GP to support it. He also didn’t say that he or the GP will support deep sea oil drilling or fracking. Nor did he say that legalising cannabis isn’t a priority. It was actually Gower that said the first two things and phil that said the third thing. I think The Al1en’s summation above is pretty good, and here is the link for those that can watch it online

        http://www.3news.co.nz/Norman-sets-sights-on-deputy-PM-role/tabid/1356/articleID/337889/Default.aspx

        • phillip ure 14.2.3.1

          haha..!..hilarious..!..there weka..

          ..so norman actually said no..we wont vote for tpp..

          ..and..we will vote agaimst deep-sea-drilling..

          ..and we will vote against fracking..

          ..and we will fight for pot-decrim:..’it’s on our list’..

          ..eh..?

          ..right ho..!

          ..carry on..!

          • weka 14.2.3.1.1

            No he didn’t say those things either, and I didn’t say he did. You really do have trouble with comprehension phil. All I have done is watch the video and point out that your portrayal was quite inaccurate. I’m not the only one that has done that.

        • Poission 14.2.3.2

          NZ first is both supporting the protest and calling for increased transparency.

          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1403/S00570/lift-the-black-out-on-sneaky-treaty-negotiations.htm

        • Ergo Robertina 14.2.3.3

          Norman confirmed there were no bottom lines for the Green Party to support a Labour-led government.
          Unlike genetically engineered organisms in 2002, the TPPA is not a bottom line for the Green Party in 2014. Whatever else he says, this is the pertinent point.
          He also said he did not think legalising cannabis would be on the party’s key priority list in post election negotiations.
          They’re valid questions, because this once radical party may be on the brink of holding ministerial posts.
          As Sue Bradford suggested in the panel discussion afterwards, the party has changed and is now focused on the centre vote, and more willing to compromise.
          Having said that, Gower needs to broaden his question base from bottom lines, it’s tiresome.

        • Murray Olsen 14.2.3.4

          Surprisingly, Phil is completely wrong. Russel Norman explicitly says the Greens are against deep sea drilling and fracking, and support the decriminalisation of cannabis. Gower tries hard to push him into a corner, but is not successful.

          What he says about the actions of a government in which the Greens might play a part is quite reasonable. They will fight for their policies and how successful they are will depend on the weight of seats. From his point of view, it would be irresponsible to say much more than this.

          • Ergo Robertina 14.2.3.4.1

            No-one is claiming the Greens will actively support policies against their core principles, just that they are not making them bottom lines in terms of giving support to Labour to form a government. There is a difference. Sue Bradford on the panel afterwards said that if she was a Green member, she would be worried by the extent to which the party has moved to the centre. She said she was surprised by some of Norman’s answers. Everyone knows politics is about compromise, but people have a right to feel disappointed if it’s a core issue for them, surely.

            • weka 14.2.3.4.1.1

              “Everyone knows politics is about compromise, but people have a right to feel disappointed if it’s a core issue for them, surely.”

              I’ve lived in NZ for nearly 50 years and I’ve never had a govt or political party who met my expectations. I don’t really know why people on the outside of the bell curve expect things to be the way they want. I thought the point of being on the edge was to lead the way. The GP have been doing that for a long time. It’s now time for them to step into the responsibility they’ve been working for and that means being mainstream. There will have to be compromises, but I don’t see any problem with what they have done to date. Once the GP gain govt, I expect to be thoroughly pissed off with them within the decade, but I completely support the move they are making in that direction now. The best thing about that TV3 piece was Fitzimmons saying how not having cabinet posts worked in their favour and for the betterment of the country. The point there isn’t that staying outside of govt is best, but that the GP plays the game smart. They still are, it’s just that smart is a different strategy now. She also said that it was more important back then for them to build the GP long term. I feel such gratitude to her and those other GP workers right now, because that foresight and hard work is about to pay off.

              Yes people can feel disappointed, but then they start slagging off the GP by misrepresenting what the GP is doing then they can expect to be called on it.

          • phillip ure 14.2.3.4.2

            @ olsen..now you are just fucken outright lying..

            ..norman said pot was not on their to-do list..

            ..w.t.f.was unclear about that..?

            .and he also admitted to being ready to comprimise on all those key issues..

            ..i repeat..w.t.f.was unclear about that..?

            • Murray Olsen 14.2.3.4.2.1

              People can listen to it for themselves. He said decriminalisation woudn’t be on the top 10 issues. Anyone who hadn’t rotted their brain cells past the ability to write a coherent sentence, let alone understand one, would be able to see that.

              • weka

                +1

                It’s you that is outright lying phil. Decriminilising cannabis is still GP policy. Before the election they will name their top ten issues so that people will know what will be the key areas on the table for post-election negotiations, and Norman expects that cannabis won’t be on that list. But that is completely different than saying it’s not on their to do list.

                • the logic/faith you display there weka..

                  ..is worthy of something or other..

                  “.. Norman expects that cannabis won’t be on that list.

                  But that is completely different than saying it’s not on their to do list..”

                  fucken brilliant..!

                  ..should i have called it their:..’might possibly think about at some time in the dim/dark/distant future list’..?

                  ..would that ease yr unease..?

                  ..fuck..!..yr funny..!

                  (and chrs 4 the early-morning belly-laughs..!..eh..?)

                  .and i am sure those fighting for an end to the evils of prohibition..

                  ..will be both calmed and reassured by yr words..eh..?

                  ..’rejoice..!..rejoice..!..it is still on a list..somewhere..’

                  • and i’m telling ya..warning ya..

                    ..that should the internet party come out with a sane/colorado-model policy to legalise/regulate/tax pot..

                    ..that sucking sound you will hear will be a disturbing number of yr longterm voters..

                    ..pulling away their support for you..

                    ..don’t say you haven’t been fucken warned..eh..?

                    • felix

                      That’s probably true.

                      And unfortunate, because the IP are not going to find themselves in any position to negotiate legalisation.

                      And those voters are going to be super pissed off when they figure that out post-election.

                  • felix

                    phil, there’s a difference between a list of stuff you want to do and a list of stuff you think you can do given your circumstances.

                    • correct..

                      .and they have pot on their can’t do list..

                      ..yr point..?

                    • felix

                      Just the bleeding obvious. The Greens know that pushing legalisation will get them nowhere given their current circumstances.

                      Thing about circumstances is they change.

                    • d’you know how far we are lagging behind the most conservative/southern states in america..on this issue..?

                      ..i repeat..’the most conservative/southern states’..

                      ..and all of yr protestations/pin-head-dancing to one side..

                      ..the facts/perceptions still stand..

                      ..and if dotcom comes out with a sane pot policy..

                      ..the green party will lose an (unquantifiable) number of votes..

                      ..to the internet party..

                      ..spin that fact how you like..

                    • weka

                      “.and they have pot on their can’t do list..”

                      No they fucking don’t. They think that there are at least 10 other issues more important to be dealing with as a priority this election (actually, we don’t know, because the GP hasn’t named that list of ten yet, Norman just said he doubted cannabis would be on it). Most GP voters will agree with that (and most NZers).

                      There is nothing to stop GP members or MPs advancing the cause of legalising cannabis in the next electoral cycle. What are you doing to help them phil?

                    • weka

                      “phil, there’s a difference between a list of stuff you want to do and a list of stuff you think you can do given your circumstances.”

                      Indeed, but I’ll just point out that all Norman said was that he doubted that cannabis decriminalisation would be in the top ten. He didn’t say it wasn’t going to be worked on, and in fact reasserted that decriminalisation is still GP policy.

                      Even if the GP were polling higher than Labour, I doubt that they would consider decriminalising cannabis as in the top ten (they might, it’s up to the party, not Norman). There are many urgent issues out there. Will be interesting to see what the top ten are this year.

                  • weka

                    Phil, all I am asking of you is some intellectual honesty. You are misrepresenting Norman’s words to suit your own agenda. Puts you in the same bracket as Gower. That’s up to you, but when it distorts the political discussion, that makes it other people’s business.

        • Pasupial 14.2.3.5

          Weka

          Thanks for the link. PU seems to have manned the barricades on this one, but Norman is no more pro-TPP than he is pro-deep sea drilling. No contradiction.

          Too much time spent on David Hay in the preamble though, why is he so keen to be where he’s not wanted? And there were a few points where one might validly criticise Norman’s performance; fortunately PU and Gower seem to have missed them entirely.

          • weka 14.2.3.5.1

            Yeah, I thought the focus on Hay was ott (thankfully the guy seems to have gotten the message now). Am curious as to the points you where might criticise Norman’s performance.

  14. btw..porridge-recipie update:..

    ..i have come to the conclusion that both pear and (chopped up) dates are essential-ingredients..

    ..if seeking that transcendental-porridge-experience..

    ..my taste-buds are currently cossack-dancing all around my mouth..

    ..i have a serious afterglow going on..

  15. greywarbler 16

    Chris Trotter had a think about the Te Kohanga Reo and Maori TV situations that have been in the news lately.
    His comments on Maori direction seem to fit what I observe.

    …the next big challenge facing Maori. Either the gains of renaissance and revolution will be captured by an increasingly authoritarian and self-protective Maori middle-class, or they will be extended to all Maori people – especially those young Maori trapped in the poverty-racked and crime-ridden ghettoes of major cities.

    The Kohanga Reo scandal (itself the result of young journalists from Maori Television’s `Native Affairs’ refusing to be intimidated by the trust board’s networks of patronage and protection) is, therefore, much more than an issue for Maori to sort out on their own.

    The fruits of renaissance and revolution in Aotearoa-New Zealand cannot be secured for Maori in the face of Pakeha indifference.

    • Populuxe1 16.1

      Looking at the Maori Party and the behaviour exhibited by many iwi following treaty payouts and the still deplorable situations of many young urban Maori, one doesn’t need to be Nostradamus to work that one out.

  16. Ergo Robertina 17

    Film-maker Ken Loach argues in the Guardian this week that Labour is part of the problem, not the solution.
    It’s worth a read and applies equally in NZ; no party’s tapping into fragmented and various social causes and protest movements. The surge of enthusiasm we saw last year in the unions and to an extent the electorate for Cunliffe was in my view expressing hope of a new left movement. My fear is that if Labour loses this election the right of the party will firmly take control, under the phony pretext that the electorate rejected the move to the left, which never eventuated as Cunliffe turned out to be business as usual.

    From Loach’s piece:

    ‘We know that housing support goes to rich landlords, that benefits for the working poor subsidise employers who pay poverty wages. We read that benefit fraud is a tiny fraction of the overall welfare budget, far less than unclaimed benefits, and is nothing compared to the amount lost through tax dodging. But as we rail against the injustice and hypocrisy, we fail to ask one big question. Where is our political fightback? It should be led by the Labour party but therein lies the problem.
    The coalition parties proclaim the importance of the market economy. So does Labour. The coalition cuts back on public enterprise and prioritises the interests of big corporations and private companies. So did the last Labour government. Whenever workers organise to defend jobs, wages or conditions, who supports them? Not Ed Miliband or other Labour leaders.’

    • Draco T Bastard 17.1

      The coalition parties proclaim the importance of the market economy. So does Labour.

      And therein lies the problem. Labour refuses to accept that the free-market dogma that they saddled us with in the 1980s is the problem and thus Labour remain part of the problem and not the solution.

      • greywarbler 17.1.1

        Good comment worth reading – here are some bits of gold from Ken Loach leftunity article.

        Labour’s rhetoric may be softer than the Tories’, but its fundamental stance is limited by the same imperative: profit comes before all else. Can the Labour party be reclaimed? Or, rather, made anew into one that will represent the interests of the people?

        History suggests it cannot. The high-water mark of 1945 is long gone. The many great achievements of that government have largely been dismantled, either with the collusion of Labour or directly by the party when it has been in power. The Labour left has all but disappeared, and even Tony Benn’s voice is now sadly silent. A Miliband government will not reverse any of the privatisations in the health service or elsewhere. It will not take the railways back into public ownership – despite the popularity of such a move – or even reclaim Royal Mail…….

        The Labour manifesto of 1945 would be a better inspiration. It promised “a socialist party and proud of it. Its ultimate purpose … is the establishment of the socialist commonwealth, free, democratic, efficient, progressive, public-spirited, its material resources organised in the service of the … people”.

        A new party must be democratic, principled and properly organised. It needs an analysis of contemporary politics with a set of immediate demands: an industrial strategy to create green jobs, a statutory living wage, a public housing programme and a cap on private rents, an end to all privatisation in the health service.

        Left Unity has a conference in Manchester on Saturday (29 March). Visit http://www.leftunity.org

    • greywarbler 17.2

      Thanks E.R. for the link. Got to keep chewing on this bone.

  17. lprent 18

    Tamati Coffey selected as labour candidate in rotorua.

  18. geoff 19

    Here’s more evidence that National’s anti-Internet-Party blitzkrieg is partly motivated by the fear that dotcom may get more votes than the MSM suspect.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Minto-Mana-open-to-Dotcom-deal/tabid/1607/articleID/337923/Default.aspx

    Key is really trying to drive home the Kim dotCom = Nazi meme.

    Their efforts may well be counter productive.

    In this vid (about 4mins in):
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Minto-Mana-open-to-Dotcom-deal/tabid/1607/articleID/337923/Default.aspx

    Keith Locke talks about how National’s attempts to paint the Greens as extremists backfired and contributed to them breaking the 5% threshold to get into parliament.

    Perhaps the same could occur with the Internet Party.

  19. swordfish 20

    Just wanted to acknowledge the recent deaths of two important Wellington progressives:

    Today’s Dominion Post included an obituary for trade unionist, feminist and activist, Viv Walker. Viv’s agenda “was not to get more women into the board rooms of CEO’s offices; it was to get rights for the women who cleaned the boardrooms and corporate offices.” She was active in the anti-apartheid and feminist movements and it’s typical of the modesty and humility of people like Viv that she left instructions that no-one was to make her into a hero at her funeral – she wanted to be seen as ordinary.
    (Brilliant but self-depreciating activists like Viv are worth a thousand Helen Clarks and other status-seeking, power-hungry upper-middle class liberal elites in my opinion. She’s one of the true heros, even if she denied as much).

    In January, long-time and legendary Victoria University Political Scientist, Les Cleveland , died (aged 92). He had a highly colourful life, fought as a member of the 2NZEF in the Pacific and Italy in WWII (a keen moutaineer, he scaled Mt Blanc as part of his own post-WWII victory celebration), a poet, singer/song-writer, authority on wartime songs, press gallery journalist, photographer, short-story writer and folklorist. Cleveland was also a long-time protester, as a relatively recent Dominion Post obituary put it: “there was an unashamed, generous, subversive side to this left-wing lifetime supporter of Michael Joseph Savage’s welfare state.”

    Two great progressives who deserve recognition.

    • greywarbler 20.1

      Thanks swordfish. I like this comment on Les Cleveland –
      “there was an unashamed, generous, subversive side to this left-wing lifetime supporter of Michael Joseph Savage’s welfare state.”

      If all Labour had had that deeply embedded then we wouldn’t have lost Savage’s commitment to people and had it replaced by devotion to The People, The Party and to maintaining the Left idea in politics and unions, rather than the Left ideal.

  20. jaymam 21

    I regret to inform you that you have all forgotten about Earth Hour, which finished 10 minutes ago. Does nobody care about the Earth any more?

  21. joe90 22

    What’s not to like about a study that says medical marijuana’s legalization may lead to lower crime rates.

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0092816

    Press release:

    “We’re cautious about saying, ‘Medical marijuana laws definitely reduce homicide.’ That’s not what we’re saying,” Morris said. “The main finding is that we found no increase in crime rates resulting from medical marijuana legalization. In fact, we found some evidence of decreasing rates of some types of violent crime, namely homicide and assault.

  22. Populuxe1 23

    Bombast Bradbury desperately defensive that his Dotcom/MANA deal has fallen through and is now impossible.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/03/30/cameron-slater-press-gallery-hubris-and-bloggers-inside-the-press-council-tent/

  23. Hazel 24

    my comment is ,just to ask you why any body like my self who has spoken out about an issue that I feel needs a public discussion and has affected my whole adult life , find my self ignored should feel ok with democracy as it is . .five years is a long time to wait and if others have been brushed aside as I have been then all is lost . there is no longer any interest in what others who want my vote have too say yet again I will throw my vote away on a minor party .

  24. Populuxe1 25

    Why would anyone who believes in socialist principles vote for a charicature of capitalist greed, consumption and excess like Dotcom anyway?

    • felix 25.1

      I don’t imagine anyone who believes in socialist principles ever would.

      • Populuxe1 25.1.1

        Then as per usual you have not been paying attention, you irredeemable tosser

        • felix 25.1.1.1

          Sure. I guess you can demonstrate this somehow, perhaps some links to a few lefties/socialists saying they’ll vote for Dotcom.

          Otherwise it’s all in your imagination. As usual.

    • greywarbler 25.2

      Question Why pay attention to Dotcom.
      Answer Because this is a political stage and all of us merely players: –

      And now he is on our side. Why can’t we accept what could be a helping hand when we are stretched. Get real Pop. And don’t waste your venom on left supporters. We may be lesser beings to yourself but we have our uses.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    23 hours ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    1 day ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    1 day ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    7 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    17 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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